(For the purposes of our TV show, which does not reach many cities beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, we define Northern California for these rankings as not to include schools from the CIF Central Section. For our own geographically-based rankings, we include the CIF Central Section as Northern California)
Here's the up-to-date baseball rankings after Sat night games:
1. Mitty (San Jose) 24-4* (2)
2. Bellarmine (San Jose) 25-6 (3)
3. Wilcox (Santa Clara) 28-3 (1)
4. Serra (San Mateo) 22-7 (4)
5. Elk Grove 21-5 (5)
6. Newark Memorial (Newark) 19-2-1 (8)
7. Woodland 20-6 (7)
8. California (San Ramon) 18-3 (9)
9. Valley Christian (San Jose) 22-6 (14)
10. Folsom 20-4-1 (17)
11. St. Francis (Mountain View) 23-8 (6)
12. Clayton Valley (Concord) 14-5 (12)
13. Monterey 24-3 (18)
14. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 19-3 (20)
15. Turlock 21-4 (nr)
16. Christian Brothers (Sacramento) 22-5 (13)
17. Rio Linda 22-4 (nr)
18. Deer Valley (Antioch) 14-5* (15)
19. Davis 20-5-1 (nr)
20. Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 20-2 (nr)
Mitty moved back into the No. 1 slot after completing a 3-2 win over previous No. 1 Wilcox in a protested game that was resumed last week. Danny Dressman, also a football standout last fall for the Monarchs, pitched 2 2/3 innings of perfect ball to close out Wilcox. The Warriors also lost the day before in a league game, 17-10, to Los Gatos, although they'd already wrapped up their league title earlier. Mitty then completed its week with an easy 16-1 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Still tied with Mitty in WCAL standings, though, is Bellarmine. The Bells shut down St. Francis, 6-1, last Friday and are now No. 2 in this poll.
Newark Memorial is really starting to assert itself as a frontrunner for the top seed in the North Coast Section 3A playoffs. The Cougars blanked Washington, 8-0, to complete their latest 2-0 week behind the strong pitching of Jon Hieneman. But maybe Newark Memorial is more suited to being an excellent football team. Two of the team's top players are Dan Reeves (same name as Atlanta Falcons head coach) and Paul Horning (almost the same name as Hall of Famer Paul Hornung).
Eddie Browne tossed a one-hitter and also rapped out a pair of doubles with his bat as Menlo Atherton stayed on top in the Ocean Division of the Peninsula Athletic League with a 5-0 win over Sequoia. Eddie has only given up nine runs in nine starts this season and has 61 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. The Bears also were chosen to go into this week's TV show rankings, along with three other newcomers.
Here's the up-to-date softball rankings (through Saturday's games):
1. Sheldon (Sacramento) 23-3-1 (1)
2. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 26-1 (3)
3. Notre Dame (Salinas) 24-2 (2)
4. Ceres 21-1 (5)
5. Vanden (Travis AFB) 24-0 (6)
6. Valley Christian (San Jose) 22-3 (7)
7. Campolindo (Moraga) 16-1 (8)
8. Fairfield 21-6 (10)
9. Freedom (Oakley) 14-3 (11)
10. Merced 22-4 (9)
11. Deer Valley (Antioch) 16-2 (12)
12. East Union (Manteca) 23-3 (4)
13. College Park (Pleasant Hill) 17-3 (13)
14. Carlmont (Belmont) 22-4 (14)
15. Johnson (Sacramento) 24-3-2 (15)
16. Mercy (Burlingame) 20-4 (16)
17. Burlingame 21-3 (17)
18. Petaluma 14-2 (18)
19. Mitty (San Jose) 25-5 (19)
20. Foothill (Pleasanton) 13-5 (20)
Sheldon continues to roll in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. Wins last week were by 12-0 over Laguna Creek and 1-0 over Elk Grove. Nikki Cinque pitched a complete game shutout against Elk Grove and was part of combined effort against Laguna Creek. Ten different players also had at least one hit in that game.
Kristen Neil is the pitching machine that leads Valley Christian of San Jose. She won her 22nd game of the season last week in a 7-1 win over Branham and the team has only won one additional game. Kristen brings up thoughts of graduated VC baseball standout Casey Neale, who was the SJ Mercury News Player of the Year. The two are not related.
Namesakes: NASCAR driver Stacey Compton and Foothill of Pleasanton catcher Stacy Compton. Foothill's Compton is a catcher for the softball team and had a closeup look last week at Candice Pick's two shutout wins over California and Amador Valley. The Falcons start this week with eight straight East Bay Athletic League wins.
Brookside Christian was placed ahead of Notre Dame this week to match our own Div. IV state rankings. Part of the reason Brookside and Vanden are ranked so high is that the two could run into each other in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs.
It's going to be a tough week for the Campolindo softball team. The Cougars play defending NCS champ College Park on Tuesday and meet up with Northgate later in the week to complete a 16-inning game and then play a regularly-scheduled matchup.
It's our goal each week to complete these rankings on the same day in which the show airs. But often there are missing scores as well as other missing information, which require us to wait until Monday morning so we can call schools to fill in the blanks.
Have a great week and be sure to check this site througout the week for our updated state rankings.